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Why has Christianity, a religion based on love, failed in its attempts to heal racial
division? Rev. Dr. Willie James Jennings, recipient of the 2015 Grawemeyer
Award in Religion, explains how Christianity contributed to segregation and racism
in America beginning in colonial times and shares that a renewal of Christian
imagination must take place to foster more respectful relations between religious
and racial groups.
The Christian Imagination
The Rule of the Clan
Understanding clan-based cultures is critical to the survival
of modern democracies, according to 2015 Grawemeyer Award
winner Mark S. Weiner. If clans and liberal societies are ever to
share common ground, he argues, they first need to understand
one another’s legal and political traditions.
“Weiner offers a highly original explanation for why clan-based
groups and democracies see personal freedom so differently,
and he does a good job of explaining why it’s important to
maintain a strong liberal state to preserve liberty,” said award
director Charles Ziegler.
“IN-SCHRIFT 2,” an orchestral work that explores
the boundaries of musical space, earned
German composer Wolfgang Rihm the 2015
University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for
The 15-minute piece incorporates spatial effects
and other inventive techniques to evoke a wide
range of sound and emotion, said award director
Teachers can thrive when they are treated with
dignity and given freedom to exercise professional
judgment together. Undue emphasis on teacher
accountability has subverted the profession by
pitting teachers and schools against each other
and stealing the joy of teaching.
Michael Fullan and Andy Hargreaves received the
2015 Grawemeyer Award in Education for outlining
how peer power can transform teaching.
Emotions & Memory
Neurobiology and behavior research
professor James McGaugh received the
Psychology prize for discovering that
stress hormones such as epinephrine
and cortisol play a critical part in
determining why we remember some
things more vividly than others.